Director, Transportation Program
- Thought leadership. The transportation director will be responsible for positioning CNT at the forefront of transportation policy discussions, particularly in terms of equity.
- Program development and management. The transportation director will organize CNT’s various transportation initiatives into a coherent program, and will explore, initiate, and manage discrete projects within the larger program. Responsibilities include developing multi-year goals, annual work plans and budgets, and managing programs and staff.
- Research and analysis. The transportation director will engage with CNT’s urban analytics department on the production of innovative, original analysis. Strong analytical abilities are a plus, as well as the ability to work with analysts on joint projects. The transportation director will promote the use of CNT’s analytical tools related to transportation and will help guide the design of these tools so that they are as useful to practitioners as possible.
- Demonstration program management. CNT’s research and analysis are not theoretical but applied to real world cases. The transportation director should be capable of contributing to direct implementation of CNT’s ideas – whether through a new transportation service, a real estate development proposal based around transit or freight assets, or other practical projects.
- Advocacy and communications. The transportation director will represent CNT externally in a variety of settings – sometimes supporting existing policies and proposals, but sometimes offering criticisms and challenging the status quo.
- Fundraising and program support. In collaboration with the Managing Director of Development and other senior staff, the transportation director will support fundraising efforts for the program. With support from others at CNT, the transportation director will cultivate new funding opportunities, expand existing funding relationships, seek funding from both philanthropic sources and competitive RFPs, and build productive partnerships with other organizations and companies.
- Knowledge of emerging issues in transportation and understanding of their potential to affect our cities and broader society.
- Commitment to equity, environmental justice, and sustainability.
- Multi-disciplinary interest, and ability to coordinate with CNT’s ongoing activities in other topics, including water, climate, energy, and sustainable economic development.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to work with analytical staff.
- Strong communication abilities and willingness to engage with external stakeholders, including government, private sector, and the media, among others.
- Willingness to work in a mission-driven organization to accomplish challenging goals.
- Ability and willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary and diverse team.
- Ability to lead, manage and motivate staff to achieve desired results.
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2018 Research Intern
- RainReady helps community members, agencies, and non-governmental organizations take action to reduce flood risk in their homes and communities. RainReady program focus areas include RainReady Home and RainReady Community.
- Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Project works with regional municipalities that are committed to improving water and sewer service delivery in a way that improves customer affordability, promotes resource conservation and community co-benefits, advances innovative ways to finance infrastructure improvements, and/or decreases the risk of infrastructure failure.
- The intern may also provide support to CNT’s work with Elevated Chicago, an initiative of SPARCC, aims to turn the ½-mile radius around transit stations into community-focused centers of commerce and culture by removing barriers that hinder innovation near station areas; equipping local residents with the resources to make these areas a community and civic priority; and aligning, cultivating, and deploying capital for development near the stations. The Elevated Chicago Initiative is an effort aimed at improving racial equity, public health outcomes, environmental resiliency.
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